The Italian cargo ship “Grande America” sank off the French Atlantic coast after a fire got out of control (AFP Photo/LOIC BERNARDIN)More

Brest (France) (AFP) – French authorities said Wednesday that an Italian cargo ship which sank in the Atlantic was carrying 45 containers of “dangerous materials.”

“For now the possible pollution risk consists mainly of the 2,200 tons of heavy fuel oil onboard,” Jean-Louis Lozier, head of the regional maritime authority, told reporters in Brest on France’s Brittany coast.

The “Grande America” was en route from Hamburg, Germany, to Casablanca in Morocco when a fire broke out late Sunday.

All 27 people onboard were evacuated on Monday night as the fire worsened, causing the ship to sink about 260 kilometres (160 miles) southwest of Penmarc’h on France’s

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